Annual Events

Discover fantastic Pocono Mountains events every month of the year!

Due to COVID-19, some Pocono Mountains fairs, festivals and annual events may have been put on hold or will be taking place virtually, so be sure to contact each event’s host site directly for exact dates and details.
 
From January to December, the Pocono Mountains events calendar is filled with exciting happenings, and many beloved fairs and festivals have been taking place year after year for decades - or even over a century! You’ll find annual carnivals of all kinds: performing arts festivals like DanceFest Milford showcase the talent of area artists, while local businesses like Country Junction - World’s Largest Store mark the seasons with everything from recurring summer berry celebrations to photos with Santa and the Easter Bunny. Don’t forget to check our local restaurants for special holiday meals and brunches too. Plan your next trip around one of our annual events!

January

Celebrate winter sports and all things snow at Blue Mountain Winter Fest. Enjoy activities, live music and fireworks on the mountain.

February

Bundle up for WinterFest in Downtown Stroudsburg, which offers special promotions at local businesses and attractions as well as creative ice sculptures all round town.

Held annually on Presidents’ Day Weekend, Jim Thorpe WinterFest features horse drawn carriage rides, ice carvings, food and drink specials, the popular Mug Walk and more.

March

Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Get tickets for Jim Thorpe IrishFest, which highlights Celtic concerts and showcases in honor of the area’s Irish heritage.

Marching bands, bagpipers and groups from local nonprofits and businesses fill the streets of Stroudsburg with shamrocks for the town’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

April

As green leaves return to the Poconos Mountains every spring, area communities get together to match Mother Nature’s efforts to beautify the planet. Pick Up the Poconos hosts a region-wide litter pick-up in April as well as in September, and many towns organize Earth Day clean up events.

May

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm invites visitors to welcome new baby lambs, chicks, bunnies and goats at its Annual Farm Animal Frolic every May.

The Annual Community Aviation Day and Fly-In-Drive-In Breakfast also takes place early in the spring, hosted by Moyer Aviation and Mount Pocono Rotary at Pocono Mountains Municipal Airport.

Whitewater Dam Release Days for the Lehigh River begin in May and continue throughout the summer and early fall, with local liveries like Pocono Whitewater Adventures and Whitewater Rafting Adventures offering adrenaline-filled weekend dam release rafting trips.

June

Kick off the summer with delicious eats and drinks! Split Rock Resort has been hosting the Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine and Food Festival for 30 years.

Skytop Lodge spotlights local brews, food stations and lawn games at their outdoor Annual Summer Beer Fest

Summer

Summer is the perfect time to plan a Pocono vacation at one of our many family resorts or adults…

July

Look no further than the Pocono Mountains for amazing places to watch Fourth of July firework spectaculars. Cheer on the stars and stripes at celebrations all over the region.

 Every July, the Poconos is alive with the sound of music, with a wide variety of festivals highlighting amazing local musicians. The Wildflower Music Festival has been held on the lush grounds of the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary for almost 40 years. 

 The sidewalks in Milford are filled with melodies for the borough-wide Milford Music Festival, offering music, shopping, dining and fun.

 Interested in arts and crafts? Don’t miss the popular Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival in Hawley, featuring artisan exhibits, activities for kids and wildlife shows.

Pocono Raceway puts pedal to the metal every summer as the NASCAR Cup comes to the “Tricky Triangle."

August

County fairs typically happen in August and have been a staple on the Pocono Mountains events calendar for generations, offering rides, food, agricultural displays, entertainment, fireworks and fun for the whole family. The Wayne County Fair in Honesdale is over 150 years old and hosts big-name country music concerts, a demolition derby and much more.

 Various competitions including livestock shows and demolition derbies are just a few of the exciting events on the schedule at the Carbon County Fair in Palmerton, Pennsylvania.

 Monroe County’s West End Fair takes place in Gilbert, PA and features animals, live entertainment and arena shows.

 The fairground in Newfoundland, PA is filled with a colorful ferris wheel, fun slides and more for the Greene Dreher Sterling Fair, which recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

 As summer winds down, take advantage of the long hours of daylight to enjoy some extra time on the water. Wally Lake Fest is an action-packed weekend and community-wide festival held every year on Lake Wallenpaupack.

Fairs

Head to the fair! Enjoy all the fair favorites like demolition derbies, rides, and funnel cake.

September

Soak in the magic of autumn at fall festivals all over our region. Food, craft and retail booths as well as performance stages pop up in downtown Stroudsburg for StroudFest in September.

Picturesque Bingham Park is home to the Chamber of the Northern Pocono’s Arts & Crafts Fair, featuring approximately 90 vendors and artists.

October

The Pocono Environmental Education Center has been presenting conservation exhibits, live entertainment and local food at their Annual Harvest Festival for over a decade.

Honesdale celebrates Harvest and Heritage Days with pumpkins, hay rides and more. Bring the whole family for train excursions, historical exhibits and tours.

Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage Festival takes place downtown beneath the colorful leaves, offering spooky ghost tours, children’s activities, free live music and delicious food to enjoy.

Step back in time to savor the season at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm’s Harvest Festival and watch heritage craft, trade skill and food demonstrations common in the 1800s.

Fall brings literature lovers to Milford for the Milford Readers & Writers Festival. Get inspired by performances and author talks.

The Black Bear Film Festival is one of Pennsylvania's premier independent film festivals, a great place to find some new favorites to add to your watch list.

November

As the last of the leaves fall, beer connoisseurs head to Split Rock Resort for the Great Brews Beer Festival. Guests over 21 can sample stouts, IPAs and more. 

Feast on local game and seasonal harvest fare at Pocono Environmental Education Center’s Game Dinner in November.

Held on Black Friday, Honesdale’s festive Winter Wonderland event marks the start of the holiday season with downtown sales and the lighting of the Central Park tree and Irving Cliff star.

 

December

When colder temperatures arrive and snow blankets the Pocono Mountains, our small towns light up for the most wonderful time of the year. The historic streets of Jim Thorpe are the perfect backdrop for the town’s Annual Olde Time Christmas Weekends.

Looking to ride the train with Santa? Both Lehigh Gorge Railway and The Stourbridge Line run seasonal excursions that include a chance to visit with Kris Kringle.

The Quiet Valley Old Time Christmas has been a tradition for over three decades. Savor the holiday season with lantern light, luminaries and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies

On December 31, ring in the new year with buffets and ball drops at Poconos resorts, and get ready for the calendar to start all over again!